Wednesday 19 December 2012

News from inside

We're very pleased that we'll be getting regular feedback from the Prison Reading Groups that we support. Here's a report from a women's prison: "Our first feedback is on Michelle Paver’s Dark Matter. Everyone got very enthusiastic about this story of creepy goings-on during an expedition to the arctic in the 1930s. Paver gets the atmosphere so powerfully; partly, we thought, because the voice of the narrator is so convincing. Then there are the specific details – such as what they eat and even the plates they eat it off –which all help to take you into this extraordinary world. Very scary!"
Thanks so much for writing in. We love to hear more about where the books are going.  Now return to Give a Book.

Monday 10 December 2012

Poems in the waiting room

Once, waiting, I read 'Thaw' by Edward Thomas:
Over the land half-freckled with snow half-thawed 
The speculating rooks at their nests cawed, 
And saw from elm-tops, delicate as a flower of grass, 
What we below could not see, Winter pass.

The waiting got better. Poems in the waiting room. And then please do go back to Give a Book.

Monday 3 December 2012

Reading and mental health

There was an article in the UK Huffington Post  recently about the real benefits of reading--it describes the flowering of a group of readers in a mental health unit through the power of reading. Once again this is thanks to the superb Reader Org whom we often mention. Do read the article and then go back to Give a Book.